Backword Dave Weeden thinks the election of the independent Peter Law in Bleneau Gwent is good. Chris Brooke disagrees. My, rather more lengthy than you'd get for tuppence, tuppence worth: if there's anything wrong with the imposition of an external all-women shortlist, it's because it's external or because the potential candidates on it are crap. If we're about being gender-blind, then the fact that the shortlist is full of women is irrelevant and so what matters is either that the local party didn't get to choose, or that the potential candidates are not good potential candidates. The local party choice argument was not the one explicitly made by Peter Law - his objection was that it was an all-women shortlist, not that it was an external shortlist - and in a constituency which has traditionally had candidates shipped in from outside, it wouldn't be very convincing.
This leaves the 'potential candidates are all crap' argument as an argument against all-women shortlists. I'm assuming that Peter Law's objection wasn't that the specific members of this all-women shortlist were all crap, because if that's the case, it's unclear why he inveighed against all-women shortlists in general, rather than this particular crap one. It might be argued that the potential candidates are not good potential candidates because the deliberate policy of creating all-women shortlists has meant scraping the bottom of the barrel, but this is a bad argument. Assuming that political aptitude is roughly equally distributed across genders, since women are currently under-represented in parliament, if anything, there ought to be a larger reserve of highly talented female potential parliamentarians than of men. The alternative to believing that political aptitude is roughly equally distributed across the population, which would justify the barrel-scraping claim, would seem to be the belief that women are generally crap as MPs. I assume this is an unacceptable sexist belief, and so Peter Law's candidacy and subsequent election, by his statements, is sexist and unacceptable.